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Alabama, SEC trying to stay in college football's penthouse

A postseason rampage put both Alabama and the Southeastern Conference back on top in college football last season.

Now, the trick will be staying there with three new coaches in the East and quarterback uncertainty across much of the league, including at 'Bama.

The Crimson Tide is once again the team to beat in the league, and perhaps nationally, after claiming the SEC's eighth national title in 10 seasons. That broke a two-year drought for the league, which went 9-2 in the postseason counting the Tide's playoff wins over Michigan State and Clemson.

Alabama defensive end Jonathan Allen doesn't think coach Nick Saban will let complacency set in.